The winter of 1958 …

The fall season of 1957 was very mild and there was no snow on the ground for Christmas Day. Enough snow fell on January 3, 1958 to turn the ground white but it melted over the next few days. It remained mild with still no ice in the Northumberland Strait. Bert MacLean from Pictou made...

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Digging out

Wednesday’s snowfall saw many Pictou County buisnesses shut down for the day.  While this area didn’t get quite as much snow as anticipated, the freezing rain that fell later in the day made driving treacherous. Here, Adam Thompson, right and his wife Mandi were busy digging out in New Glasgow after the storm. Pictou’s new...

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Building up the Pictou Island Road

The only dirt road running the length of Pictou Island prior to 1960 was just like a narrow field trail. It was mostly level with the fields and when it rained, this road would be covered with mud and water since ditches, “where dug” were not very deep. Trees lined both sides of the road...

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Helicopter rescue, birth of sheep and an election year …

It was a cold 10 degrees Fahrenheit day on January 8th 1960. On that day, a little bit of scattered ice could be seen in the Northumberland Strait for first time that year. A slight mist of rain and snow fell two days later and the Strait was then white with ice. First snowstorm of...

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Winter of 1956 …

Unlike the previous two winters, 1956 was much more severe. Winter set in early with about three inches of snow falling on November 11th 1955. On Monday Nov. 14, my mother and father sailed to Pictou and bought our winter’s supply of groceries. This consisted in part of hundred-pound bags of flour and sugar, canned...

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